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Cambodia 2016 Photo Reports: The cars of Siem Reap

1. Toyota Prius Siem ReapToyota Prius leaving the south gate to Angkor Thom temple – January 2016.

After Phnom Penh, our second and last stop in Cambodia is in Siem Reap, the second largest city in Cambodia and the gateway town to the world heritage site of Angkor Wat. Even though the region is extremely touristy, the level of wealth is markedly lesser than that of Phnom Peng, as evidenced by the even higher ration of used imports in town and the tiny amount of new vehicles.

Buddhist_monks_in_front_of_the_Angkor_WatAngkor Wat temple, picture by Sam Garza

In the four days I spent in town, I only spotted eight new gen Hilux Revo, two new gen Ford Ranger and one new gen Toyota Avanza. It would appear the Hilux leads the new car market in Siem Reap by a large margin contrary to Phnom Penh.

2. Toyota Hilux Siem ReapToyota Hilux in Siem Reap, Cambodia – January 2016

The only new car showroom I could spot around town was a Ford one though, but it went into full renovation mode on the second day of my stay here so there weren’t any salespeople to speak with. Around it could however be spotted a lineup of new Ranger including the Wildtrak top-end spec, as well as one new gen F-150 coming directly from the U.S. and one F-150 Raptor with… Chinese licence plates!

3. Toyota Camry Siem ReapToyota Camry near Angkor Wat temple – January 2016

The Toyota Camry is more than ever dominant in the streets of Siem Reap, not as new but imported as used from the U.S. The 20% of car parc ratio it commended in Phnom Penh should increase even further here and could reach 25 to 30%.

7. Toyota Highlander Siem ReapToyota Highlander in Siem Reap – January 2016

As it was the case in Phnom Penh, the Highlander I is also very popular, as well as the RAV4 II and the Lexus RX I. The Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger display a strong heritage here with the past three generations are present in high numbers.

5. Toyota Prius US Siem ReapToyota Prius with original U.S. license plates in Siem Reap

A proof that a large part of these Toyotas imported in Cambodia come from the U.S. was in plain sight in one of the Siem Reap streets leading to the Angkor Wat area: a couple of Toyota Prius II for sale with their original U.S. license plate as pictured above.

4. Ford Ranger Siem ReapFord Ranger in Siem Reap – January 2016

The Wuling dealership I spotted in Phnom Penh had not generated any models in ‘real life’ in the streets there, but it was different in Siem Reap where I sighted one Rongguang Mini Truck (micro pickup) and one Rongguang van. An interesting push by Wuling to expand in Cambodia.

9. Nissan Navara Siem Reap8. Nissan Frontier Siem ReapThai Nissan Navara and U.S. Nissan Frontier in Siem Reap – January 2016

In the pickup aisle, the Nissan Navara comes third in frequency in Siem Reap after the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger and a fascinating fact is that their population is split between the Frontier coming from the U.S. (the large majority) and the Navara coming from Thailand. It is in Siem Reap, and not Phnom Penh, that I spotted the first and only new gen Thai-built Navara of this trip.

11. Ford F-150 Siem ReapFord F-150 and Ranger Wildtrak in the Siem Reap Ford dealership – January 2016

10. Ford F-150 Raptor Chinese Siem Reap Ford F-150 Raptor with Chinese license plates in the Siem Reap Ford dealership

12. Lexus LX military Siem ReapCambodian Army Lexus LX in Siem Reap 

13. Siem Reap Airport 2Ssangyong Istana and Maxus V80 at Siem Reap airport.

The Ssangyong Istana is the most popular van to transport tourists to the world heritage temple area, even though as soon as you leave Siem Reap, you immediately enter tuk tuk territory.

The Siem Reap Photo Report continues below with 10 additional pictures.

Cadillac Tuk Tuk Siem Reap“Cadillac Tuk Tuk” in Siem Reap – January 2016 

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Cambodia 2016 Photo Reports: The cars of Phnom Penh

1. Toyota Hilux advert Phnom PenhToyota Hilux billboard in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – January 2016. 

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to visit the two main cities in Cambodia: the capital Phnom Penh as well as Siem Reap, an opportunity to share a new BSCB Photo Report with you. Let’s start with Phnom Penh, where I was met with a flood of previous generations Toyota Camry: a quick survey of 160 vehicles in the streets showed no less than 20% of the entire traffic in town.

3. Phnom PenhPhnom Penh street scene – January 2016 
5. Toyota Camry x3 Phnom Penh6. Toyota Highlander Phnom Penh The Toyota Camry and Highlander are omnipresent in Phnom Penh.

4. Toyota Alphard Phnom PenhToyota Alphard in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – January 2016.

Toyota has a stranglehold on the used car market in Cambodia, with the first generation Highlander and 2nd gen RAV4 also extremely popular, but the list doesn’t stop there.

7. Toyota Tundra Phnom PenhToyota Tundra in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – January 2016

The first generation Lexus RX is also a favourite of grey-market used car importers in the country, as are the Toyota Prius II, Hilux, Alphard, Tacoma and Sienna as well as the Lexus LX. A big surprise was the appearance of a significant amount of current gen Tundra imported from the U.S…

Toyota Dealership Phnom PenhToyota dealership in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – January 2016 

Toyota also should top the new sales brands ranking – but not the models ranking as detailed in our previous Cambodia update – with the new generation Hilux (aka Hilux Revo) already relatively frequent in the capital city and monopolising the Phnom Penh Toyota dealership showroom space and sales people attention.

9. Toyota Avanza Phnom Penh8. Toyota Land Cruiser Phnom PenhToyota Avanza and Land Cruiser in Phnom Penh – January 2016

The all-new Avanza is also already starting to make its mark as well as the new gen Land Cruiser, signalling a good reactivity of the market as these two nameplates only launched a few months ago in their respective countries of origin: Indonesia and Japan.

2. Ford Dealership Phnom PenhFord dealership in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – January 2016

The Ford Ranger justifies its Cambodia 2015 best-seller title by showing off a dozen new generations in the 24 hours I stayed in Phnom Penh, building on an evident heritage of previous generations of the nameplate. The Phnom Penh Ford dealership housed a sizeable stock of Ranger but also the Everest, Ecosport and current gen F-150 sold as new.

10. Foton Dealership Phnom PenhFoton dealership in Phnom Penh

Chinese manufacturers are already implanted en masse in Cambodia but their success has been limited so far, judging by their small amount within the current Phnom Penh car parc. I did spot a handful of FAW V5 taxis, MG3, MG6, Maxus V80, Great Wall Steed pickup and JMC Yusheng as well as the Foton LCV dealership pictured above and a Wuling dealership, but no Foton or Wuling in the streets.

11. Phnom Penh street scenePhnom Penh street scene

Kia is also popular with the Carnival and Bongo, as well as Mazda with its BT-50 pickup (estimated to rank #3 overall in 2015) and Mitsubishi with its Triton pickup – the local dealer had a very sizeable stock of the nameplate available. Other notable sightings in Phnom Penh include the Ram 2500 and Ford F-150 Raptor.

13. Range Rover Phnom Penh2 x Range Rovers in Phnom Penh – January 2016. 

Luxury brands are still a relative rarity in Phnom Penh even though I spotted two Jaguar Land Rover dealerships and one large BMW showroom. Range Rovers are exceptionally popular for their price though with multiple shining new examples spotted across town, including the Evoque.

12. Peugeot 406 Phnom PenhPeugeot 406 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – January 2016

Despite the country’s French heritage, there were hardly any French nameplates to be seen in the capital: in 24 hours, I spotted two Peugeot 406 (including the one pictured above) and one 405.

The next Cambodia stop is Siem Reap, to be published shortly.

The Phnom Penh Photo Report continues below with 10 additional photos.

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Cambodia: Camry potential best-seller

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Based on observation of the streets of Phnom Penh through YouTube videos, the Toyota Camry is in all likeliness the best-selling car in Cambodia, and could have been so for many years given the number of different generations still omnipresent there.

It is possibly followed by the Honda CR-V, Toyota Hilux and Mitsubishi L200. The numerous Lexus models visible in the streets of the country are in fact private US imports, as the brand is not officially present in Cambodia.

Picture taken by my dear Mum and Dad during their trip to Cambodia in November 2010.

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